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Marine Advisory Services at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science
invites qualified applicants to apply for the Scallop Researcher.
The Scallop Researcher, reporting to the Assistant Research
Professor/Director, Marine Advisory Program will support at-sea survey
cruises, and play a leading role in the inventory and procurement of all
necessary supplies and equipment for the research cruises. The position is
also charged with ensuring that these items are successfully transferred to
the commercial fishing vessels (docked at New Bedford, MA, Cape May, NJ or
Seaford, VA) and properly stowed/configured as appropriate.
Other responsibilities include but not limited to:
– Oversees accurate and efficient data collection and execution of field
work. This also includes working with vessel captains to set cruise tracks,
assesses proper working course of action, setting scientific crew
assignments and leading/participating in sampling processing efforts.
– Ensures that equipment and supplies are cleaned, properly maintained
and stored in an appropriate manner after field work is complete. Ensures
biological samples collected during field work operations are transported,
stored and delivered to appropriate organizations or agencies.
– Collects age data from scallop shells collected during field work.
– Assists PI and project scientist with data analysis for various
projects. Provides input and aides in the preparation of final, progress
and industry reports as well as presentations for funding agents in
accordance with deadlines. Participates with technical papers and
manuscripts prepared for peer review in scientific journals.
*Required Qualifications *
– BachelorÃ¢Â€Â™s degree or equivalent combination of education, training and
or experience directly related to the position.
– Valid DriverÃ¢Â€Â™s license must be maintained at all times.
– Strong working knowledge of sampling and collections, with the ability
to obtain biological samples for further analysis at-sea.
– Knowledge and skills of scientific procedures and processes, with the
ability to learn and understand scientific principles and the scientific
process, especially as they relate to fishery-independent monitoring
surveys. Ability to learn the various protocols and learn catch processing,
gear monitoring and hydrographic and atmospheric data collection, among
– Working knowledge of safety laboratory procedures and processes, with
the ability to implement laboratory procedures for a variety of
experimental objectives. The ability to record length and weight data from
shellfish and fish species and be able to identify whether a specimen is
male or female, and correctly classify its maturity stage.
– Strong proficiency in a variety of software applications, to include
Microsoft Office, as well as databases. Strong analytical skills, with the
demonstrated ability to analyze data and produce reports.
– Excellent interpersonal, and oral and written communications skills,
with the demonstrated ability to work as a collaborative team player, and
contribute to scientific writings.
– Ability to work on a commercial fishing boat for multiple weeks, and
successfully at sea, in all weather conditions, while resisting motion
– Ability to lift up to 50lbs and pick and shove catch repeatedly over
16-18 hour work day, while at sea.
– Experience with sampling and collections to include conducting
experiments and processing of samples.
– Experience with analyzing data.
*Preferred Qualifications *
– MasterÃ¢Â€Â™s degree in Marine Science, or closely related field is
– Working knowledge of the fauna of the Mid-Atlantic Bight and Georges
Bank, particularly with respect to their identification and biology.
– Demonstrated skills in statistical analysis.
– Demonstrated experience working with fishery-independent monitoring
– Experience with data management and statistical analysis, utilizing
statistical software (SAS or R) is desirable.
– Experience as a state or federal fishery observer is a plus.